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About Kajitsu



Kajitsu serves Shojin cuisine--vegan Kaiseki, a traditional Japanese culinary practice that is the very origin of Japanese cuisine. All of our dishes are prepared from fresh, season vegetables, legumes, wild herbs, seeds and grains, chosen at the moment in the season that best reflects their flavor. At Kajitsu we make our delicious and wholesome dishes from high quality ingredients prepared with traditional Japanese culinary techniques. For first time diners we highly recommend booking seats at the Chef's Counter where our executive chef Hiroki Odo and his assistants prepare the meal in front of you for a truly authentic Shojin experience!

125 East 39th Street
New York, NY 10016
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Japanese, Vegetarian / Vegan

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm (last order)
(Closed on Mondays)

Cross Street:
Between Park and Lexington on 39th Street

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 228-4873

Website:
http://www.kajitsunyc.com/

Public Transit:
Take the 4,5 or 6 trains to Grand central and walk 3 blocks south on lexington to 39th street.

Executive Chef:
Hiroki Odo

Private Party Facilities:
Please call the restaurant for a large party ( 7 people and up)

Private Party Contact:
kajitsukokage@gmail.com: (212) 228-4873

Additional:
Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking, Wine

Kajitsu Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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4.5

service

4.7

ambience

4.6

value

4.1

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90% would recommend it to a friend

Vegan (22)
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Quiet Conversation (11)
Fit for Foodies (10)
Seasonal (9)
Good for Birthdays (8)
Cozy (7)
Romantic (7)
Local Ingredients (6)
Neighborhood Gem (6)
Organic (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Comfort Food (4)
Casual (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
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Notable Wine List (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
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Great Beer (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Excellent taste and service. They do provide real Japanese food and service. Highly recommend.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Fun, Seasonal, Cozy, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Healthy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Exceptional experience !!!
Highly recommended!!!
Amazing place, high quality, high service, unique, elegant, chic, quiet !!!
A must go if you want to experience some Japanese food.

Tags: Bar Seating, Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Tasting Menu, Authentic, Vegan, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Everything at this restaurant is delicious. Keep in mind that the menu changes due to seasonal ingredients and everything comes in a set menu. There are two kinds of sets: Hana and Omakase. I would suggest going for the Hana set because it will give you less food whereas for the Omakase, the set is the same as Hana, but a few dishes more. Highly recommended!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 18, 2018

It was fantastic!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 17, 2018

This was an unbelievable dining experience worth every penny. Delicious, exotic, unfamiliar flavors. Stellar presentation and service. What they offer is very unique very special. Without a doubt the best vegan food I've eaten in my life.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Organic, Cozy, Seasonal
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Eclectic outstanding cuisine in a quiet beautiful setting served with excellent service.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Great as always was a New Years experience with New Years black bean.

Tags: Vegan, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Great seasonal food cooked to perfection and with attention to detail. Always a wonderful experience dining there.

Tags: Seasonal, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Tasting Menu
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 28, 2017

One of my very favorite Vegan restaurants in NYC. A must try for special occasions and when you wanted to spoil yourself, a date or significant other!!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Organic, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients, Vegan, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 22, 2017

This is vegan paradise. The food is wonderful, even for a confirmed steak and potatoes type such as myself. Their are two tasting menus, I strongly advise getting the six course not the ten course option. The additional courses are extra desserts and an overly filling rice course, you'll be full after six courses.

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Vegan, Tasting Menu
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 (London)·Dined on December 19, 2017

This place is lost on me - we did the $125 10 course menu and I can honestly say only two courses tasted of anything. Bland and boring. The acoustics upstairs are also awful - we were sat next to a loud table and couldn’t hear ourselves think. Waste of time and money. The staff however are lovely and very attentive

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Dazzling array of vegan dishes, each so complex and carefully prepared, so delicious and special. Loved the handmade pottery and little flavored tea to start. A beautiful dinner. Ambiance might be slightly too minimalist- one or two more decorations ?

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Vegan, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Beautiful and delicious food, perfectly clean and good for vegans! loved it!

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Vegan, Afternoon Tea, Cozy, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Beautiful experience, beautiful food, beautiful service, in a beautiful place.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Food is gimmicky; nothing to recommend about it.
A new chef would help a lot.

Tags: Organic, Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Unbeatable food, serene zen environment, incredible service!

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 (Miami)·Dined on December 1, 2017

My niece's dietary choice is to be Vegan so I took her here on our New York trip. It was a wonderful experience for us both.

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 28, 2017

It is a very special place to have vegan meal and Japanese specialties. We love this restaurant. Have brought non vegetarians that love the restaurant.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Healthy, Afternoon Tea, Neighborhood Gem, Vegan, Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Second time here and gonna check this place every season. Fantastic service and food.

Tags: Comfort Food, Seasonal
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Incredibly traditional Buddhist monk inspired cuisine. Shojin Ryouri is heightened to another level of class and delicacy.

Tags: Bar Seating, Healthy, Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu, Organic, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Vegan, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options, Seasonal
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Kajitsu is unlike any other restaurant. It is unique in that the menu is changed monthly and prepared in accordance with the season and Japanese monk principles. The food is a work of art visually - like nothing you've seen before. The food tastes amazing. Do not let the small servings fool you because there are so many courses in the preset menu that you will be very full. The service is impeccable - respectful, polite, patient yet efficient. I highly recommend Kajitsu, especially when you need a special moment for yourself or with others.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Healthy, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Vegan, Good Vegetarian Options, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Organic, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

For me too much food and I didn’t get the concept on the booking site. I had wanted the sister restaurant downstairs.

Tags: Healthy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 4, 2017

As an Japanese native, I can tell you this is the best Japanese restaurant I know of in the US. We tried Omakase course. Every dish was excellent and beautifully presented. It was so much like an art piece that I hesitated to break with chopsticks. I especially liked Tempura with Sansho source. The menu changes for season, so you can taste different food every season.

Tags: Vegan, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Everything was extremely good.

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 (Sydney / NSW)·Dined on October 29, 2017

We came here for a special 8 year anniversary and because it was very close to home. WE were pleasantly surprised seeing it as a vegetarian restaurant. Every dish was presented beautifully and the taste was very fresh and light. We both loved the eggplant with truffle dish, the tempura, and the rice and mushroom dish most. We opted for the Omasake set with a la carte drinks.
Service was always on the ball. We were able to take home the rice dish as we were getting quite full nearing the end of our degustation. I understand they change their menus frequently depending on the season. I would love to try there again during a new season.
The atmosphere was slightly bland. There is no background music so when we entered, two other tables were already seated. It was slightly too quiet for my liking, where you can hear other conversations and vice versa. It was better when it became full house. Perhaps some light background music would make it a little more inviting.
Would recommend to others.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Vegan, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Healthy, Cozy, Comfort Food, Casual, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 20, 2017

This restaurant is over rated. The staff seemed bored out of their mind. The service is purposely slow, but it becomes tedious. The bathroom was absolutely disgusting. It was at the end of the night and it smelt like a sewer. I would not go back or recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Organic, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 20, 2017

I have a very open mind and I like to try wide varieties of cuisines. The food here left me wanting. Very disappointed. Staff was great. Saki pairing was great. Tea pairing was great. atmosphere was on point. Length of meal and service was prompt. Food was bland and boring. We had the vegetable tasting menu. I have had vegetable tasting menus at other restaurants and the food was out of this world good. This place was very disappointing.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 15, 2017

3RD TIME VISIT. AMAZING FOOD, GREAT SERVICE. WILL DEFINITELY COME BACK AGAIN.

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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 (London)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Now is better than 2015!But not original Japanese now is fuson!60% Japanese 40%
American. Especially more than half employees not Japanese.

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 (Montreal)·Dined on September 30, 2017

I was looking for a Shojin japanese restaurant. I found an amazing modern shojin experience and i now beleive in god.

Tags: Vegan, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 23, 2017

I had a fantastic dining experience at Kajitsu. The atmosphere is zen and the food is amazing. I never knew that vegetables could taste so vivd.

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Vegan, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Tasting Menu
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 (Miami)·Dined on September 19, 2017

Contrary to what those baseball TV ads used to tell us, "chicks" do NOT "dig the long ball." "Chicks" dig sushi. Want to have a GF or wife? Deal with it, those most of us guys would surely prefer Chinese food to sushi any day. So, for her birthday, I dutifully took my long-time significant other, who fancies herself a semi-expert on sushi, to one of our neighborhood Japanese restaurants which has always looked interesting. I didn't do enough research to realize that Kajitsu doesn't even serve sushi! It's a vegan restaurant specializing in an ancient form of cooking called "shojin." I'm basically a vegetarian so the vegan cuisine was a pleasant surprise. On the night we went, they served only a pre-fixe menu. The restaurant recommends that first-timers sit at the food bar rather than at a table. You won't get to actually see the repast being prepared, as you would at standard sushi joints, but you'll always have one or two experts in front of you answering your questions -- and you'll have plenty of those. I won't bore you with a lengthy rundown of what specifically we ate over the many courses of our meal, nor of the flights of sake samples we drank that were specially paired as a complement to each course. I'll just say that this was the most unusual meal I've ever had in my life -- and I did travel some in Japan about 25 years ago. It was also, in many respects, the greatest single meal I've ever had (though I must reserve the right to eat Chicago/Detroit-style pizza in the future)! My check, however, was a decidedly UNpleasant surprise: well over $400, including tip!!! But, as a special splurge, I can't tell you enough about what a great experience Kajitsu was.

Tags: Good for Groups, Tasting Menu, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 13, 2017

Kajitsu is my favorite Japanese Vegan restaurant in NYC! I mainly visit for special occasions, date, anniversary, celebration, important business meal. The food is outstanding, great sake, beer and wine list and the service is impeccable!!

Tags: Healthy, Organic, Quiet Conversation, Vegan, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Me and my company visited Kajitsu on a 9 September during our vacation in NY. We have lived in Japan and are much fond of traditional Japanese temple food, why we looked very much forward to our visit to Kajitsu. Unfortunately, our visit was an immense dissappointment and we would not rekommend any one else to visit, and we would absolutely not return.

The main reason for our disappointment was the food. Several dishes were taken directly from the fridge and were therefore fridge cold and thus served at absolutely wrong temperature meaning that they did not taste well. The hot soup was on the other hand very very hot, and therefore the spices did not tast anything. Overall, the food did not, in a taste sense, resemple the traditional temple food we have eaten before and further, it was not pleasent at all.

As mentioned, this was a big disappointment especially since we visited the restaurant during a Saturday even on our vacation. Also, considering the price of the menu and the style of the restaurant, we believe the standard of the food was unacceptable.

The service was good, however.

/Jeppa

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 3, 2017

This is my 4th time back! I love Kajitsu for its amazing seasonal dishes, beautiful presentation and relaxing atmosphere.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 31, 2017

Beyond outstanding in every way! A singular dining experience that made our anniversary a memorable one.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Vegan, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Nice summer vegetable menu. Counter recommended for better learning.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Best Shojin meal I ever had!

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Kajitsu is such a fantastic place! It's so varied and creative you almost forget it's a vegan menu. Everything is top notch and it's one of the few restaurants in NYC we make a point of going to every season!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 3, 2017

Excellent and interesting, even challenging food. Competent and very attentive staff. Two minor drawbacks: It's expensive and the dishes came a bit too fast. But definitely recommendable - we won't forget a very special evening with dishes never tried before.

Tags: Vegan, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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